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"New York, NY"

The city so nice they named it twice! The city so weird it features heavily in the following episodes!

Burnu Acquanetta posing in a Mexican costume in front of a fake Olmec head

Burning Fire, Deep Water

neither Venezuelan nor Volcano

Burnu Acquanetta, "the Venezuelan Volcano," was an exotic beauty who took Hollywood by storm in the summer of 1942... but who was she really? Read More...

Categories: Biography, Entertainment & Media, Hoaxes, Frauds & Forgeries, Series 8

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Dr. John Ballou Newbrough

Suffer Little Children

John Ballou Newbrough, Oahspe, and the Faithists of SHalam

In 1880, God dictated a new Bible to J.B. Newbrough, and then told him to move to New Mexico and open up the weirdest orphanage the world has ever seen. Read More...

Categories: Eccentrics & Prophecies, People & Places, Series 7

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political cartoon showing John Alexander Dowie being run out of Chicago

Marching to Shibboleth

a sordid story of faith healing, financial fraud, flat Eartherism, and figs

Forty miles north of Chicago lies Zion, IL, a sleepy city with a sordid history of faith healing, financial fraud, flat Eartherism... and figs? Read More...

Categories: Eccentrics & Prophecies, People & Places, Series 6

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a graphic illustration of the cellular cosmogony

We Live Inside

greetings from the inside of the Hollow Earth

Dr. Cyrus Reed Teed may have been a madman, or the Messiah, but only he was bold enough to tell the truth: that we live on the inside of a hollow Earth. Read More...

Categories: Biography, Eccentrics & Prophecies, Series 4

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Laura Biggar cigarette card

Pleadings from Asbury Park

a fake marriage, a dead baby, and 21 absinthe frappes

The amazing story of Laura Biggar, the Anna Nicole Smith of 1901, and her crazy plot to steal an inheritance that may or may not have been rightfully hers. Read More...

Categories: Biography, History, Hoaxes, Frauds & Forgeries, Series 4

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